ADDRESS: 1500 Ashby Ave.,Berkeley, CA, ZIP:94703
PHONE: (510) 486-8000
Ralph Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an efficient and practical self-defense system and martial art that incorporates the use of joint manipulation, chokes, and other various submissions. The techniques and skills can be effectively used against adversaries of any size as students learn to use leverage and technique to overcome larger and stronger opponents. In 1914 Japanese Jiu Jitsu Champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. Here he taught Jiu Jitsu to Carlos Gracie and his four brothers, and in 1925 they opened the first Jiu Jitsu academy in Brazil.
One of the brothers, Helio Gracie paid special attention to leverage within the art, making it possible for a smaller opponent like himself (135 lbs) to defeat a larger one. He and his brothers began modifying and enhancing the basic techniques to make them effective for a person regardless of his/her stature. Thus began the development of a new and more effective art – Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Over the years, in Brazil and in the US, Gracie affiliated schools have continued the evolution of the techniques and art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In 2005 black belt Dave Clahan, decided to open a much-needed East Bay academy for the Ralph Gracie family, choosing Berkeley as the location to further spread Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the Bay Area. With a history of champion black belt head instructors, the Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy has consistently grown since its opening. Today, the Ralph Gracie Berkeley Academy’s 4,000 square foot facility with 2,000 square foot mat offers over 30 classes per week, including kids and youth classes, judo, boxing, kickboxing, MMA, no-gi, and beginner and advanced jiu jitsu classes.